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Aksumite Kingdom (Axum), Anonymous, c. 400 - 500 A.D.
According to tradition, the Ark of the Covenant is housed in the Church of Mary of Zion. The Ark, according to legend, was brought to Aksum by Menelik, the son of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. No one, but one guard priest is allowed in, thus no one can verify the Ark's existence. According to the Kebra Nagast, when Menelik, came to visit his father in Jerusalem, his father gave him a copy of the Ark, and commanded the first-born sons of the elders of his kingdom to go to Ethiopia and settle there. The sons of the elders did not want to live away from the presence of the Ark, so they switched the copy with the original and smuggled the Ark out of the country. Menelik only learned that the original was with his group during the journey home.
GB58342. Bronze AE 15, Munro-Hay Type 76, BMC Aksumite 328 (same reverse die), F, weight 0.709g, maximum diameter 14.6mm, obverse BAX - A-CA (appearing as CΛX − Λ−XΛ), half-length bust right, cross behind, holding scepter cruciger which breaks legend to the right; reverse + TOV TO APECH TH XWPA (May This [the cross] Please the Country), Greek cross with arms merging with a circle around it, center punch hole inlaid with gold
Catalog current as of Wednesday, August 21, 2019.
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